Ex-Cougars honored in college baseball Hall of Fame
coach Chuck "Bobo" Brayton and two-way standout John Olerud...ere among 11 former coaches and players elected to the College Baseball...
Two Washington State legends — coach Chuck "Bobo" Brayton and two-way standout John Olerud — were among 11 former coaches and players elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The 11 were selected from a list of 50 nominees by a 90-member committee. The 11 who were elected join four veteran candidates (announced in January) that comprise the 2007 induction class. The class will be honored during a July 2 to 4 celebration in Lubbock, Texas — the future site of the Hall.
Brayton, 81, was one of five former coaches elected to the Hall's second class. The others were Jerry Kindall (Arizona), the late Jim Brock (Arizona State), the late Bibb Falk (Texas) and the late Dick Siebert (Minnesota).
First baseman-pitcher Olerud, 38, was one of six former players elected. The others were Jim Abbott (Michigan), Pete Incaviglia (Oklahoma State), Fred Lynn (USC), Phil Stephenson (Wichita State) and Derek Tatsuno (Hawaii).
The veteran class of pre-1947 candidates, all deceased, has players Christy Mathewson (Bucknell) and Lou Gehrig (Columbia) and players-turned-coaches Joe Sewell (Alabama) and John "Jack" Barry (Holy Cross).
When he retired from Washington State after 33 years coaching the team, Brayton ranked fourth in wins (1,161) in NCAA Division I history. He led the Cougars to 21 conference titles and was voted Pac-10 Northern Division coach of the year five times.
Brayton also is recognized for backing several rules changes to make the college game safer and more popular.
Olerud, who played at Interlake High School in Bellevue before his college career, batted .434 and had a slugging percentage of .824 in his three seasons at WSU. As a pitcher, he had a 26-4 record with a 3.17 earned-run average.
Olerud was selected Baseball America's player of the year in 1988, when he hit .464 and went 15-0 on the mound with a 2.49 ERA.
Last year's inaugural Hall of Fame class included ex-players Dave Winfield, Robin Ventura and Will Clark, and ex-coaches Rod Dedeaux, Skip Bertman and Ron Fraser.
Information from the Washington State sports information department was used in this report.